International Education Week

  • International Education Week (IEW) will be held October 19–23, 2015.

    Poster of International Education Week schedule of eventsIEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

    In observance of IEW, the IUP OIE, with funding from the IUP Student Cooperative Association and in collaboration with other IUP offices, is hosting a variety of events to promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of differences within our community.

    The IUP OIE will collect donations at several events throughout the week for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to benefit Syrian refugees. Due to the conflict in Syria, over 4 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries. UNHCR provides basic and necessary humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees and helps the most vulnerable refugees with urgently needed relief—cash for medicine and food, stoves and fuel for heating, insulation for tents, thermal blankets and winter clothing.

    This year, the IUP OIE is hosting a social media campaign to highlight IUP faculty and staff who have impacted our international and education abroad communities. The IUP OIE invites international and returning education abroad students to take a photo with a faculty or staff member who has played an influential role in their time at IUP or their decision to seek education abroad. In their photos, students, faculty, and staff should hold a sign with the hashtag #MakeADifference. Students should send their photos and a brief description of why they chose the individual that they did to The IUP OIE will feature the images online throughout the week and at International Lunch Hour on Monday, October 19. 

    Please join us in celebrating this year’s International Education Week. All events celebrating International Education Week are free and open to the community, unless otherwise noted.

    The Events for IEW 2015 are:

    Monday, October 19

    • International Lunch Hour: 12:00–1:15 p.m., Sutton Hall: Blue Room.
      Join us for a free lunch to kick off this year’s International Education Week (IEW) events! Hear returning study abroad students share their stories of how studying abroad has affected their lives and career paths, and learn about faculty and staff that have played an influential role in the lives of our international student community.
    • Six O’Clock Series: Mystical Arts of Tibet: 6:00–7:30 p.m., HUB: Ohio Room.
      Join Dr. Stuart Chandler in welcoming 10 Tibetan monks who will be on campus all week creating a sand mandala, giving music, dance, and chanting performances, and presenting lectures on Tibetan Buddhism.

    Tuesday, October 20

    • International Tea Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., HUB: Monongahela Room
      Meet IUP international students and scholars while sampling a variety of teas, coffees, and snacks from various countries. Free and open to all.
    • International Fashion Show: 7:00–9:00 p.m., Sprowls Hall: McVitty Auditorium.
      Experience fashion from around the world, as international students and scholars present clothing from their native countries. Free and open to all. Light Refreshments to follow.

    Wednesday, October 21

    • Education Abroad Fair: 12:00–3:00 p.m., HUB: Atrium. 
      Stop by to discover the wide range of education abroad opportunities. Students can obtain information, talk to representatives and alumni about IUP reciprocal exchanges, affiliated programs, faculty-led programs, and overseas volunteer and service-learning opportunities. Here's more information on education abroad at IUP.
    • IUP Lively Arts – Ovations! – Calje: Chicago Afro-Latin Dance Ensemble: 8:00–10:00 p.m., Sutton Hall: Gorell Recital Hall. 
      Tickets on sale at the HUB: $12 with I-Card. Experience a unique flavor of Afro-Cuban Jazz as part of International Education Week and Hispanic Heritage Month. 

    Friday, October 23

    • U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony: 11:00 a.m., Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex: Toretti Auditorium. 
      For the fifth year, IUP has been asked to host a U.S. Citizenship Ceremony for those in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the OIE.  Open to the public. 

    Monday, October 26

    • Six O’Clock Series: The Impact of Education Abroad on Career Development:  6:00–7:30 p.m., HUB: Ohio Room.
      Join Martin Tillman, ‎International Education Consultant on Student Career Development and Graduate Employability, to discuss how an education abroad program can help prepare global-ready graduates to enter today’s job market